Many believe that bed bugs are too tiny to see, but this isn’t true. Bed bugs are small, but they are actually about the size and shape of an apple seed. They are reddish-brown and will become redder once they have taken a blood meal. Their flat body will also become swollen as they eat.
When bed bugs infest a home, it can be some time before the pest themselves are seen. This isn’t because they are too small; instead, they are nocturnal and great at hiding in the tiniest crevices. Because of this, the first tell-tale signs of an infestation are bites, which can occur in clusters around the face, neck, areas, shoulders, and hands. Bed bug bites are small red bumps that can become irritated. Other signs include reddish-brown staining on sheets and pajamas, fecal stringing, bed bug eggs, nymphs, and a musty smell.
Bed bugs are challenging to prevent and eliminate. To protect your Monmouth County home, you need to understand more about this pest and the challenges you are up against when dealing with them.
How Bed Bugs Get Inside Residential Homes
Bed bug infestations usually happen when they hitch a ride on an unsuspecting person. Typical hotspots where this can happen include hotels and motels, transportation hubs, schools, theaters, hospitals, and restaurants. Second-hand items are also another common way bed bugs get inside homes. From appliances to furniture and clothes, any used items can be infested with this pest.
It can be difficult to prevent bed bugs from happening, but there are several things you can do to try and keep them from becoming a problem:
- Always inspect hotel and motel rooms before putting your belongings down, and always use a luggage stand. However, you should thoroughly look over the luggage stand first as they are considered hot spots.
- Regularly vacuum around your bedroom and use bed-bug-proof covers on mattresses and box springs.
- Check your children’s backpacks before they come back inside after school.
- Insect and clean used items before bringing them into your home.
- After taking off dirty clothes, keep them away from the clean clothes.
If a bed bug infestation does happen on your Monmouth County property, you should know how to get rid of them quickly.
Professional Bed Bug Removal
Trying to get rid of bed bugs on your own is nearly impossible because they can spread throughout a home. Another reason they are difficult to remove is that they need to be targeted at every life stage, and this is hard to do unless you are experienced in handling this pest.
On the other hand, professionals have the knowledge and experience needed to take care of this pest. Turning to experts right away will save you time, money, and stress instead of trying to do it yourself.
Pride Pest Service And Bed Bugs
Monmouth County residents should contact Pride Pest Service today to get rid of bed bugs. Our experts know how to eliminate bed bugs using our bed bug control process. This includes a full inspection to create a plan of action and chemical treatment of infested areas. We will target bed bugs at all life stages and do follow-up treatments seven to ten days after initial treatment.
So, contact us today at Pride Pest Service to learn more about how we can assist with bed bugs and how you can get started with the right services for you.